Mikel Arteta says it was a shock to see what Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went through with the Gabon squad on international duty, but has dismissed the issue and will not look to block his captain playing for his country in future.
The 31-year-old was travelling with his international teammates to play Gambia at the weekend and uploaded a number of pictures to Instagram of the squad sleeping on the floor of Banjul International Airport as they were not allowed into Gambia.
The Gabon squad were eventually able to leave the airport six hours after arriving and get on the team bus at 6am, playing and losing to Gambia the same day.
Gabon manager Patrice Neveu predicted that the unfortunate situation would mean the end of Aubameyang’s international career.
‘Arsenal called Pierre-Emerick. After seeing him in those conditions, it’s over,’ he told Canal Plus. ‘They won’t let him come again, and it will be the same for players from other clubs.
‘It’s understandable. They are high level players and when they come on international duty, they need to have a minimum of comfort.’
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